Season ticket sales for the upcoming season have skyrocketed as the total approaches 1,000 - already more than double the previous best for season tickets in a single season.
The Wildcats shared their gratitude for the support during last year's magical run as well as for this upcoming season. K-State fans were more than happy, too, to meet some of the `Cats they have been watching over the last few seasons.
For Joel and Sharon Kriss, attending K-State sporting events is a big part of their lives. Since moving back to Manhattan four years ago from Colby in northwest Kansas, the husband and wife have purchased season tickets to football and basketball in addition to baseball.
"We just love it; we love going to everything," said Sharon. "We love being here, participating and being a K-State fan."
Joel and Sharon were initially introduced to K-State baseball the first year they moved back to the Little Apple. The K-State alums were given tickets by a family friend, and lo and behold, Joel and Sharon really enjoyed catching a game at Tointon Family Stadium.
"Beautiful little stadium and not a bad seat in it," added Joel.
The Kriss have been able to experience K-State sporting events when the programs have been at some of their all-time bests, especially baseball, which is coming off its first conference championship in 80 years and hosting its first ever NCAA Regional - which was sold out for every K-State game.
"All the athletics programs right now seem to be in tune, doing well and really on a roll," said Joel. "It's significant to both the student-athletes and the university."
Buck Driggs is becoming a K-State baseball season ticket holder for the first time this season. Driggs, a 1999 Kansas State graduate, and his family are diehard K-State fans. After attending about two to three baseball games a year in the past, the Driggs family is excited to visit Tointon Family Stadium a few more times this season.
"What's special about this year is that I have boys now who are old enough to start enjoying K-State Athletics," said Buck, who has 2-year-old twins. "It's enjoyable for them and enjoyable for me to start going to those games."
"And as a business, we can give it to our clients, as far out as Western Kansas," added Driggs, who owns Driggs Design Group in Manhattan. "Everybody out there enjoys following the Wildcats and it gives them an opportunity to come back to Manhattan."
Tareque Nasser is an assistant professor of finance at Kansas State. Although he is naturally a supporter of K-State Athletics, his son, Abrar, became more of a motivating factor to purchase season tickets for the 2014 campaign.
Last year, the father and son walked up to the box office and bought single-game tickets. Nasser also had some baseball players in his classes, so the father had many conversations about the "Bat Cats" with his son. Abrar could not contain his excitement to once again watch K-State baseball.
"He is a football fan first, but then it is baseball," said Tareque. "Baseball is right up [the street] and we can watch it anytime we want."
The home portion of the K-State baseball season kicks off on Friday, Feb. 28 at 3 pm against Milwaukee. The first 500 fans to the game will receive a Big 12 Championship pennant, giving Wildcat fans another opportunity to relive the excitement of last year's season but also look forward to what the upcoming year, with its 28 home games, has in store.